Game 135: Loss

Astros 2 Mets 1

Um … hmmm … er …

How does a team hold its opponent to one hit, yet lose 2-1?

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Other than his inability to throw strikes and subsequent lack of efficiency with pitches — 6 walks and 106 pitches, 59 for strikes, in 5 1/3 innings — El Duque pitched OK, holding the ‘Stros to one hit and one run. The bullpen was marvelous, giving up no hits over the last two and two-thirds innings, but Roberto Hernandez managed to give up a run on no hits.

The Mets batters, meanwhile, couldn’t do anything against Roy Oswalt, who dominated the Mets into the eighth inning. Which isn’t that big a deal, as Oswalt is the type of guy who can dominate just about anyone, when he’s on … which he was.

Notes

Guillermo Mota continues to impress … he pitched another nearly perfect inning. Darren Oliver also did well in a rare late-inning appearance.

Carlos Delgado had a big bomb — his 35th — in the ninth off Brad Lidge. The only other Met to muster an extra-base hit was Michael Tucker, pinch hitting in the eighth.

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